Before her weight loss, Jenna Galea was always the bigger friend but inside felt “skinny” because of her zest for life.
The 28-year-old, from Oshawa, Canada, would come home crying after being taunted by bullies who called her “fatty”.
In 2016, the HR and payroll specialist noticed her weight was taking its toll on her life as she suffered from heart palpitations, sore joints and stomach aches.
Then a year later, at 27st 4lbs, a UK size 32, Jenna decided her weight was slowly killing her.
So she decided to turn her life around, and since then has lost an incredible 13st 3lbs and is now a fit and healthy 13st 12lbs, a UK size 16.
“I would come home at least twice a week in tears”
Jenna said: “I remember being so upset, not understanding why I was being picked on so hard.
“I would come home at least twice a week in tears because other kids had made fun of my weight. I always felt ‘skinny’ on the inside.
“Before I made the choice to start losing weight, I had mixed emotions about myself. On my good days, I felt confident in my skin. Many times I had people tell me, ‘you’re so confident,’ or, ‘you rock being overweight’.
“On my bad days, I didn’t feel good at all. I was mad at myself for being so overweight; I feared I was killing myself slowly; I was so frustrated my clothes were always tight, that I didn’t feel comfortable in my clothes, and that I always felt like people were staring at me.”
WEIGHT LOSS: Jenna Galea was dubbed as a ‘fatty’ during school (Pic: MDWFEATURES/@JENNSRIVALFITNESS)
TRANSFORMATION: The 28-year-old dropped more than half her body weight (Pic: MDWFEATURES/@JENNSRIVALFITNESS)
Before her weight loss, Jenna would have a breakfast wrap, hash brown, two muffins and a large coffee from McDonald’s.
For lunch, she would gorge on chicken, rice and vegetables, then breaded or barbecue sauce chicken with pasta and vegetables for dinner.
But if she ate out, Jenna enjoyed pizza, all you can eat sushi or burritos, crackers, cookies, crisps, cheese, yoghurts and chocolate for snacks.
Now, Jenna has six hard boiled egg whites, 5oz of raspberries, a large coffee and a litre of water for breakfast.
When it came to lunch, it was chicken salad with balsamic dressing and salmon or steak with vegetables for dinner.
UNRECOGNISABLE: The Canadian started eating better and exercising (Pic: MDWFEATURES/@JENNSRIVALFITNESS)
She added: “I’m able to run which I haven’t been able to do since I was about 13 years old. I’m way more physically active and enjoy going on long walks, hikes, swimming, trampoline classes, hot yoga, and general cardio workouts at the gym and the occasional weightlifting.
“I’m also starting to look into half-marathons, it’ll take me a year or so to condition and train my body, but it’s a big bucket list item for me.
“I am always so humbled and just stunned at how proud others are. I have heard it all. People tell me that I inspire them, motivate them, that they’re proud of me, they’re so happy for me, they idolise me, they tell me how beautiful I was but how I am absolutely glowing now.
“My secret to weight loss is water, water is the highway for fat cells to leave your body. Increase your water, stay hydrated and you’ll feel better in so many ways.”
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